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The Water Horse (2007)

A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

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Gracie
Eddie Campbell ...
Hughie (as Edward Campbell)
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Peter Corrigan ...
Jimmy's Buddy #1
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Carl Dixon ...
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Ian Harcourt ...
Rex Hurst ...
Jimmy's Buddy #2
William Johnson ...
Clyde
Megan Katherine ...
Elliot Lawless ...
Beach Kid
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A boy finds an interesting egg. His curiosity leads him to protect it and want to figure out what will come out of it. He didn't realize that it would turn into something magical. The boy and the Water horse grow a strong relationship together in this wonderful story. Written by kcquail

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How Do You Keep A Secret This Big? See more »


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Rated PG for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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25 December 2007 (USA)  »

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Mi mascota es un monstruo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,385,644 (USA) (21 December 2007)

Gross:

$40,412,817 (USA) (8 February 2008)
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Although credited as a Dick King-Smith adaptation, the movie's story is almost completely original. The titular booklet by King-Smith is a simple story of children raising a baby Loch Ness Monster. But while this provided a basic springboard for the plot, there is not enough drama, eventfulness or character development in the book for a feature film. The adaptation had to improvise by creating numerous new characters and situations, and reassigned the movie's chronology from the early 1930s (just before Loch Ness Monster rumors were first heard) to the violent, turbulent 1940s when the Second World War was in progress. See more »

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When Angus's mum is looking at Angus, Gracie and Hughie through a window in the door, the camera seems to just see them through the window, but when we see Angus's mum looking through the window, the window is obscured or cracked. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Female Tourist: What is that?
Male Tourist: It's a famous picture of the monster. But it's fake.
Female Tourist: How do you know it's fake? It looks real.
Old Angus: Oh, it's fake alright.
Male Tourist: Of course it's fake. Everyone knows that.
Old Angus: We'd know, son. There's more to that photo than meets the eye.
Male Tourist: Oh ho, really.
Old Angus: Well, if you'd like to know the real truth.
Female Tourist: Yeah, I wanna know. Come on, it'll be fun.
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Crazy Credits

No Sea Monsters were harmed during the making of this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 5 January 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Garden in the Rain
Written by James Dyrenforth and Carroll Gibbons
Performed by Blue Barron and His Orchestra featuring Russ Carlyle
Courtesy of Hindsight Records
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Surprisingly entertaining for both adults and children
27 December 2007 | by (Montana wilderness) – See all my reviews

When my wife dragged me to this movie I thought I'd be bored. The trailers show nothing except the little monster growing quickly and swimming around happily. What I did not expect is the wonderful, and entertaining background story set in Scotland during WWII.

Now the film has a modern frame as well as the WWII story. An old man tells two young visitors to Loch Ness what they assume is a tall tale. Frames usually don't add much to movies but in this frame is an exception.

In WWII a young boy, who doesn't know his father was lost at sea, finds a strange egg. While the egg grows into a likable, gigantic plesiosaur, a strange man, who might be a German spy, starts as caretaker of the boy's father's estate, and a gunnery unit takes over the estates grounds. The captain of the gunnery unit takes a shine to the boy's Mom, and tries to instill discipline to the boy by treating him like a drill sergeant would a recruit. Meanwhile, the new caretaker decides to keep the boy's new pet a secret. and wins the respect of the boy's mother.

Although there is no real violence in this movie there is a killer (hunter) cook and some shooting. In fact there is a scene with cannon fire that might scare young children. And of course the cook has a tough bull-dog who likes to chase things.

The characters here are well developed and the acting and cinematography is superb. This movie will not disappoint.


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